Bonnie J Brown
I hesitate to say it. I know the second I do, I am sure to plague us with a lethal blast of the dreaded spring blizzard that will erase the sun and any hint of warmth that has crept into our days. But here it goes…SPRING HAS ARRIVED, and all I can think about is my new, not yet purchased, spring wardrobe.Â Of course, my ideal spring/summer wardrobe includes a few dresses from Anthropologie and DVF, separates from J Crew and Ralph Lauren, a trench from Burberry (my splurge), a different pair of sandals for every day of the week with handbags to match, and a pair of Chloe sunglasses big enough to protect most of my face from the sun.Â More than anything I am ready to pack away my monochromatic, winter apparel reserved for drab, winter days, and embrace the beautiful prints and floral patterns designers seem to love to use for the warmer months.
Since bold floral patterns seem to be just about every where this season and I just read that Dr. Martens are celebrating their 50 year anniversary, I couldn’t help but think back to when Dr. Martens and floral dresses were all the rage back in the 1990’s. The clash of flirty-feminine meets tough-steel toed work boot is a trend I look back on fondly and one I would (embarrassingly enough) relish to come back. While Marc Jacobs reigned during the mid-to-late 90’s with his grunge look that incorporated plaid on plaid, designer Anna Sui was also a rising fashion star, debuting her audacious floral prints and vibrant patterns for women who wanted to keep their feminine mystique, yet still have enough punk to be cool.
It may be difficult to define Sui’s design aesthetic, since her inspiration comes from so many different points of interest; she was producing western chic apparel one season only to be designing Victorian infused garments the next. However, like any great designer, Sui has not only just become a success; she has created a flourishing brand.Â Her fashions, no matter how avant garde, or maybe because of it, are instantly recognizable as her own.Â
She has been described by The New York Times as a designer who â€œnever pandersâ€ and while her designs are uniquely her own, Style.com has reported that she always â€œmanages to hit all the major trends season after season.â€ Whether or not Sui is vivacious, effervescent and energetic, her clothing certainly is. Her ability to piece together a varying range of patterns and materials into one audacious outfit enables the wearer to take on the liveliness of her garments.Â Since her fashions emit a youthful appearance, it is no wonder Sui was able to expand her line into children’s wear as well, which she did back in 2004 with the debut of Dolly Girl by Anna Sui and once again in 2009 with Anna Sui Mini.
With this spring’s floral explosion, it is easy to see that Anna Sui’s designs are among the most crave worthy.Â She has had years to perfect the use of floral designs without having them appear too prim and proper or too girly. Sui’s designs are the perfect juxtaposition of a sweet, tough girl, and even if the weather turns bad, her fashions will still be bright enough to make it seem like a beautiful day.